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Imagine all our team(except of one player) being in a tight circle, with our hands on the shoulders of the people next to us. circle of 10 people, so this circle will have a radius of about 1 meter. inside the circle there is the 11th person with the ball. The whole "construction" is moving slowly towards opponent's goalpost. It is inevitable that we will score.

Is this illegal? If yes, according to what rule?

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The first question in the related list on the right seems to be similar (to some extent): Rules around shepherding in football –  Martin Nov 8 '13 at 12:47

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Yes, it would be illegal under "Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct".

An indirect free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if, in the opinion of the referee, a player: [...] impedes the progress of an opponent

In addition to that, you would be likely to receive a yellow card for "unsporting behaviour".

It's a novel strategy but it goes against the spirit of the game and you would then be in danger of having all 11 players on yellow cards.

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This is not impeding the progress of an opponent. It's simply unsporting behaviour. –  studro Apr 10 at 0:32

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